High-altitude cryosphere processes
The research project aimed to fill a vital knowledge gap regarding permafrost in the high mountain environments of Asia, a topic of growing importance in light of climate change. While much is known about permafrost in the Alps, there has been little to no information gathered in Asia. The expedition was based in the Fann mountains near Iskanderkul, and set out to establish an elevation profile of ground temperature readings between 2000 – 5000m on Pt 4820. Their aim here was to establish a pilot project which could serve as a reference for further expeditions planned in 2020, which are looking to establish a full metrological station in central Pamir. Alongside this data they noted areas of retreat and downwasting on the glacier they were studying and a host of climbing potential including mixed objectives and granite spires. They encourage any future expeditions that come here to make contact with them to help gather more data from the region.